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Cook poised for Rocky clash

PUBLISHED: 11:31 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Nicky Cook's world super-featherweight title defence against mandatory challenger Roman 'Rocky' Martinez looks set to be confirmed this week

Nicky Cook's world super-featherweight title defence against mandatory challenger Roman 'Rocky' Martinez looks set to be confirmed following reports that the two camps have reached an agreement this week.

The Stepney-born fighter's promoter Frank Warren has been planning to stage the encounter, which marks the first defence of the WBO title that Cook (pictured) won by defeating Alex Arthur in Manchester last September.

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican challenger is undefeated in all his 21 pro fights, including 20 victories and a draw against another unbeaten fighter Jose Leonardo Cruz in 2003.

Fellow super-featherweight prospect Vinny Mitchell will be looking for his eighth straight win when he appears on the Sports Network show at York Hall in Bethnal Green on January 30.

He meets a selected rival on the promotion headlined by the British welterweight title clash between unbeaten Sheffield titleholder Kell Brook and Midland southpaw challenger Stuart Elwell.

The younger brother of British super-featherweight titleholder Kevin Mitchell, the 21-year-old goes into action after his quickest professional victory following a first-round stoppage of Bristol-based Riaz Durgahed in November.


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